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of the ukraine, kiev, those who demonstrated to get the president out last week, tilting toward the eu. >> turning to the afghanistan, your son is serving a fifth tour in afghanistan, general dempsey there, making some, i thought, exceptional remarks today, talking about the importance of u.s. forces in afghanistan, the strategic importance, even as his commander in chief, you know, halfway around the world, is saying get ready for the zero option, this is peculiar language for general dempsey, is it not? >> it is, lou. i feel for all of those men and women over there who are still engaged in the fight and they're living in this edge of uncertainty. particularly what general dempsey said about the possibility of afghan forces siding with taliban and turning on our people. these are difficult things for them to be hearing. lot of talk in washington about when the new president gets in afghanistan, we'll be able to keep our people there, a security arrangement, i'm not sure what this white house wants. this president wants to get all of our people out of afghanistan. i think we're going
-government protesting in kiev. >> this woman says she hopes ukraine will become the kind of country that these young men dreamed of. she says her generation built a country ruled by communists and olgogs. that didn't help anyone. this man says their deaths should never be forgotten. ukraine has to solve its economic crisis and see to it that the ruling class is completely replaced. but the country has a long and difficult road ahead. that was clear when i visited these barracks for interior troops. as the power struggle between the pro europe opposition and government supporters escalated, it was attacked by protesters. the acting commander says they didn't open fire. even when the mob demand that had they hand over their weapons. they wanted to take over the armory. luckily, reason won out in the end. a passer by interrupts. are you lying to the cameras she shouts? the soldiers should head to kiev and put down the revolt. it shows how difficult any process of reconciliation will be in ukraine. later that evening, i meet again with andre. he invited me to his home before heading off to kiev. while his w
but a provocation. russia intends to draw ukraine into military conflict. kiev this cabinet in is more than a power struggle with moscow. they have taken a pro-russian stance. the new prime minister of the autonomous region has taken command of security forces to move forward with a referendum on crimea's future. >> i ask russian president vladimir putin to offer help in providing peace and order in the territory of the autonomous republic of crimea. >> that sounds like an invitation to russian troops. europeans and americans are concerned about this development. u.s. president barack obama sent a clear warning. any violation of ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity will be deeply destabilizing. the united states will stand with the international immunity in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in the ukraine. >> obama is considering a boycott of the g8 summit in sochi. it is unlikely that such gestures will discourage the russian government from its course in the crimean government. all signs point to confrontation. the ukrainian government has placed the troo
, the capital of ukraine, kiev, where our own ian lee is. ian, i wonder as that announcement came today from moscow as the russian parliament voted unanimously to give russian president vladimir putin the power to send military troops into ukraine and meanwhile we already have evidence that some troops are there already, what is the reaction there? this is you're right there at the location of those protests that took place in the last several weeks. is there nervousness? was there anger to see the russians take this move? >> reporter: definitely something big happening here, jim. up until now we've heard only talk of diplomatic gestures by the ukranian government. but after a meeting with the security and defense committee, they came out when the prime minister said that the military was on the highest alert possible, that they are securing their nuclear power plants, the airports, that the morale of the armed forces is high and that if the russians were to invade that they are ready to take them on, and that that would be the red line that the relations between ukraine and russia would be
. >> reporting live for us from ukraine. jennifer, thank you for being with us. meanwhile over in kiev political leaders have been criticizing what they call russian provocation. al jazeera's tim friend gives us an over view. >> reporter: now the tension is rising not just in crimea but elsewhere in ukraine. pro russian supporters turned out in large numbers. first it was peaceful. then there were clashes. pro european demonstrators who had been occupying a local government building were on fronted by rival groups. there were reports of beatings. the crisis in the country has stirred up new anger in the east against kiev. >> what used to be the soviet union. that's what we demand, and that's why we are here. >> it was a take over of the ukraine, now we have come here for justice so that russia will be the legal successor to the soviet union. we want to be back in the soviet union. >> reporter: in the capitol the new ukraine met in emergency session to discuss the russian backed in crimea. a disproportionate russian presence in the territory of crimea is nothing but a provocation. we clearly unde
. >> this is a fragile time for ukraine. nick schifrin live in kiev thank you. >>> gunmen have been patrolling for three days now. it's in cremia where many speak russia and are in align with russia. jennifer glasse is there with more. >> reporter: many people here were happy to hear news that russian forces are authorized now to protect ukraine to protect creme yeah, they fee crl a fenty to russia. 60% is russian speak, ethnic russian and feel that they share customs and would like the protection of russia. they feel very threatened by what's been happening in kiev. for months they have been watching television reports that call the now government, then opposition leaders thugs, bandits, fascists and don't recognize the government in kiev. they say what's happened is a coup. and so very welcoming to the news here that russian forces will protect cremia and ukraine mainly i think we are talking eastern ukraine we saw pro russian action north of here. they are pro russian demonstrators went in the city hall that had been occupied for about a week now by pro kiev supporters. some of those supporters were
's go to kiev right now, that's the capital of ukraine. we're hearing these ominous reports that the you cukrainian military is going to a higher state of alert based on these provocations, they call them provocations coming from moscow? >> reporter: that's exactly right a and it's actually the highest level of alert and readiness, they're saying that the morale among the troops is high and that they're ready for any sort of provocation from moscow. although that being said, the prime minister did talk with his counterpart in russia to try to ease tensions and the russian prime minister dmitry medvedev says that russia hasn't decided to use further force in ukraine, but that is still an option. also the chief of ukraine's navy also had a conversation with his counter part to deescalate the tensions around a naval base in the crimea that is controlled by ukraine and they said that that has also taken place. but there are high security, they said, arrange critical infrastructu infrastructure, that being nuclear power plants in ukraine and they said any sort of military intervention would b
in ukraine and kiev in particular? >> we held official negotiations with the representatives of the opposition. you know there were a lot of them. the goal was to end bloodshed and violence. they were not able to find peaceful solutions. i would like to reaffirm that it is not acceptable for me to see any other alternative to a peaceful solution. this has been due to the actions of these people. i never gave any orders to the police to open fire. the police was without any weapons until the very last moment when they were under threat and people started shooting at them. according to the law, the police has the right to self-defense, especially when there have been massive acts of attacks to the police. regressive lead. but do remember 2004 we had a similar situation. 40,000 people came to the railroad station. they could have been a clash of bloodshed. i went to the railroad station. i stopped be people. i prevented bloodshed. i talked to those who brought them. i said they will never forgive us if blood is spilled. >> please take your seat. i insist. >> hello? i have a ques
president last week. clarissa ward is in ukraine's capital kiev. clarissa what's going on in crimea? >> reporter: well, scott, the situation on the ground in crimea is very tense and very fluid. those masked gunmen have taken over the two main airports and the parliament and what's particularly unnerving to the people on the ground is these men will not identify themselves. they are wearing uniforms and the uniforms do not have insignias on them. all we know is they appear to be a pro-russian paramilitary force. the russians have been completely silent on the events going on in the ground in crimea and on what role they may have in those events. but the ukrainian leadership here in kiev has not minced any words. the interior minister has said this is essentially a military invasion and the defense minister has warned if any military installations come under attack in crimea, the ukrainian army is ready to respond. >> pelley: clarissa ward reporting from kiev tonight. it is worth remembering that russia invaded neighboring georgia back in 2008, and that resulted in a shooting war. ma
:30 eastern tone. meanwhile, ukraine's capitol of kiev some of the activists who hemmed bring the new government for power are now mobilizing for war. our nick schifrin is live in independence square where this crisis began several months ago. nick, what are you seeing there tonight? >> reporter: jonathan, it is really interesting. there is a sense that this government might not be up to the task and so we have been talking to lots of the activist who his did help launch what they call a revolution, did help clear this square of all of the police who were trying to clear it of activists being including one group of afghan veterans who people whose war end 20 year old ago, they are ukrainian and fought again president yanukovych in the last round and saying they will fight russia in this round. they were supposed to have a press conference tonight, that's been delayed until tomorrow. they say that they are going to fight russia if they need to. another group, the right ex-sex tour, also says the same thing. they led these protests and are quite militant. i was in their hotel today and
and great with the west for the kiev protests turned deadly. self defense groups in ukraine's crimea patrol the two main airports of the physical feats new authoritieshi him hot wars last line and gum on china condemns america's human rights record saying washington's failing to live up to its standards. left out in the cold that your struggles to deal with port's apprentice. despite millions of houses across the continents diving in the new . it's the dream it's good that speeds up the match which took four hours a day in his first news conference since being ousted from power ukraine's impact will present the connecticut which has vowed to fight on. speaking from southern russia he insisted he was still ukraine's legitimate leader and accuse heel position of staging it can do with the help of pro fascist forces. meanwhile the current authorities in kiev to stop the presses have yet to be expedited. these are the biggest job was in most of all moved on in russia to hear the words of defiance from the deposed president his eyes as he is imprisoned in a president is as positive and not in pe
snubbed by the oscars. >> first the standoff in ukraine's crimia, between moss scpo kiev appears to be escalating. russian military helicopters appear to be seep in the skies. ukraine's interim prime minister says the government will not bow to what he calls russian provocation. the russian pro-russian leader took control of the military and the police in sevastapol. report hoda abdel-hamid of 13 russian aircraft carrying unidentified troops. is it clear they are russian soldiers? >> well, according to the authorities in kiev they are russian authorities, even though russia denied the reports. when we asked the soldiers (played around the parliament building, "who are you?" the answer we get is no comment. the one thing we can say is it looks like the man who appeared in front of the airport here yesterday. they appear to have the same gear and weapons. just in front of them is a role of men who have an orange and back insignia showing their allegiance to russia. they say they are self-defense unit and are doing the same as what was happening in maydan. they say they are here to
.n. there is an u.n. envoy robert suri who has been in ukraine. he tried to make a trip from ukraine to--or from kiev to crimea to try to mediate the situation. that was certainly an effort supported by some around the security table. ththe ambassador said that was n important meeting. he was not welcomed to crimea. instead he's going geneva to brief ban ki-moon the u.n. secretary general. starting on monday there is the high level segment of the u.n. human rights council. not to do with this, but i it is where lots of world leaders will be gathered including the russian foreign minister. now relations between western leaders and russians are not good in the best of times, but it's known that those two have a particular rapport the russian foreign minister and the american secretary of state. >> we'll leave it there. so what is russia going to do? any idea at this stage if they're going to go in? >> well, that all depends on one man. that man is vladimir putin. he is, of course, the president of russia, but he is also the commander in chief of the military. so now that the upper house of parliam
intervention in ukraine. >> from crimea, kiev, moscow and washington our correspondents are on the ground with the very latest. >>> eye of the storm. the huge weather system slamming the west coast with dangerous landslides and heavy flooding, part of a massive system sweeping across the country. >>> plus after the oscar, the homeless teen story leads to an academy award. one year later she joins us to talk about her life now. we have a lot to get to tonight. the situation in ukraine's crimea region is very fluid this hour. it's also extremely dangerous. here's what we know. u.s. officials say they are seeing signs of troops moving in from russia. washington is talking with its allies in europe about the consequences. u.s. citizens should postpone all nonessential travel to ukraine. tonight we have extraordinary video that speaks to the growing crisis in crimea. this cell phone video shows what appears to be russian military helicopters flying over crimea towards the city of serm ferm, one of the areas seized by the government. al jazeera is committed to covering this story. our in-depth
with a clear intention of repeating what's in kiev, what has been happening in the western part of ukraine. they want to replace the regional government. so that has created great concern in the eastern part of the country, especially in the republic of crimea. so in these circumstances, the head of the ministers, mr. axion in crimea made a statement. today this was referenced by mr. eliason. i will quote the statement "in spite of the agreement which was achieved by the central authorities, there cannot be a change of the security without the agreement of the council and the republic of crimea the violation of the constitution and the violation of laws on the police yesterday, the 28th of february, and the beginning of the police action has meant that in these -- in this -- in crimea with the people that are there that are trying to control the situation and the territory, because of the situation there has been disorder and with use of weapons. so then the statement i'll quote now that was issued today by the minister of foreign affairs of russia. the night of march 1st some unknown peop
to leave the streets, need to ensure normal life for the citizens of ukraine, including in kiev and other regions of the country. we need to take into account the interests of all the regions of ukraine. it will be difficult to get out of this difficult situation. the turbulent time that we face and the casualties are the consequences of the political crisis that ukraine faces. this is the result of the irresponsible policy of the west. ukraine is a strong country and we will prevail. we will get out of this crisis. i also urge to hold a ukrainian referendum. as for the issues that will be put on the referendum, we need to discuss these issues with the participation of the broad-spectrum of society. and of course, they have to reflect relevant problems the country is facing, also in terms of the states. >> yanukovych, i would like to hear out some questions. the first question is about my colleague. you're welcome to ask a question. the mic isn't working. please introduce yourself. the mic is not working. >> i am from the interfax agency. [indiscernible] >> please just talk as loudly as y
of ukraine. the new government in kiev accusing russia of an armed invasion in the crimea region. signs that troops are moving in from russia. washington is talking with its allies in europe about consequences and ukraine's defense minister says radical groups are planning new activities in ukraine. our in-depth coverage begins in the southeast of ukraine. in the capital of crimea. jennifer glasse, defense minister says there are operations what he calls radical forces in the works. what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, john, tonight in crimea, the air space is choafd closed. we see a lot of armed men around here in the last day. th started in the middle of the night last night taking over sevastopol airport which is a military airport, they look very well trained, no military insignia, no identifying marks on their vehicles either. military trucks moving on the roads of crimea, certainly from the capitol and sevastopol, that is the headquarters of russia's black sea neat. we can't identify -- fleet. whee can'we can't identify who , who they answer to or what they are doing here. t
that the kiev government includes the parties from eastern ukraine. >> absolutely. and that's what -- ukraine is very, very divided. it's not just about looking east or looking west. there are lots of different ethnicities and crimea is mostly russian speaking and there are giant swaths to the east that are russian speaking. they are afraid because they are afraid they are going to be persecuted, that their schools are going to be closed. i talked to several of them here today and they are either worried that they are going to be persecuted or that the russians are going to come in and percent cute them because they are western-leaning. a lot of fear, quite frankly. >> lots of unknown. you're in sevastopol. jessica, thank you very much for giving us that update there live from crimea. we are going to talk much more about all of these developments coming up with former u.n. ambassador john bolton, including the phone call that our president barack obama made to president putin and i understand that conversation lasted possibly like an hour and a half. we'll get more on that as well. gregg? >>>
that ukraine. the interim government in kiev is calling him a wanted criminal. today victor yanukovich resurfaced in russia after a week on the run and it clear that he was ready to continue the fight for ukraine's future. it's not yet clear if he's in a position to do that we haven't heard from him within seven days but now the two dental coverage is back on the scene at the skating on thin you'll far too soon can. it was legible reveal its secret as you are aware. power in ukraine has been seized by nationalists. produce fascist youngest is representing an absolute minority in ukraine set your intentions were to do it. yanukovych angry he pointed his finger in western countries he said prevent a crisis when it is true that the paucity of the on ramps to and the victims. the loss of life. this is the full consequences of these political crisis. he says the results of the irresponsible policies of the way of screwing delves them i dun protest is going on. back on the my time in kiev and crowding isn't a yanukovich ana ca arabia to them. he's a spent force with that. to dream. new csa n
to prevent a panic. there is the same concern happening in ukraine. getting cash in kiev has become a challenge. the country is trying to raise $35 billion from foreign donors. it does not help that the country's coffers are empty according to the new premier. he says the former regime moved $70 billion into offshore accounts before fleeing. yanukovych is in moscow where he gave a news conference this morning. he says he is still president and the current parliament is legitimate. security is another issue in ukraine. pro-russian armed gunmen took over the airport on the peninsula of the southern tip of ukraine. we are looking into this issue. he spent time with a militia member working to keep order in a city largely abandoned by official law-enforcement. >> he is a 22-year-old college graduate who grew up 200 miles outside kiev in the largely pro-europe western union. he joined antigovernment protests that broke out last year, manning the barricades with thousands of others. >> on one side? >> burning all around. >> today, he is one of thousands of volunteer militia members tasked
for the citizens of ukraine, including in kiev and other regions of the country. we need to take into account the interests of all the regions of the ukraine. it will be very difficult to get out of this difficult situation. the turbulent time that we faced, and the casualties, are the consequences of the political crisis that ukraine faced. this is the result of the irresponsible policy of the west, which connived at the maidan opposition forces. the ukraine is a strong country, and we will prevail. we will get out of this crisis. i also urge to hold a ukrainian referendum. as for the issues that will be put on that referendum for a vote, we need to discuss these issues with the participation of the broad spectrum of the civil society. and of course, they have to reflect the relevant problems the country is facing, and also in terms of for the state order. thank you. >> thank you, mr. yanukovych. i would like to hear some questions. the first question is to be asked by my interfax colleague. you are welcome to ask a question. in a question. the microphone is not working. please introduce you
the sovereignty but the united states is deeply concerned about the russian movements in eukra e ukraine. >> the united states is standing with the international community confirming that are will be costs. >> we are going to kiev and nick schifrin and welcome to the show. russia is trying to provoke a military conflict and convened a meeting of the national security and defense council on friday night, what's the latest? is>> the latest they are still meeting and trying to decide what to do. to give a perspective here the recent operation or the training mission as putin put it that the russian military is going on the ukraine an board has 130,000 troops. and the entire troops are 150 troops and that is why they are worried about what russia is doing. this government is 28, 29 hours old and the u.s. is desperate to face the challenges, political, economic that ukraine has but they are focussed on the south and crimea and the rhetoric is aggressive and the military can into the buildings and they are warning that the ukrainian military can go in and remove the troops. the ewe kranians ar
that is causing concern in some parts of ukraine especially that almost the first decision taken kiev was toof abrogate the languages which was adopted two years ago after a very difficult process leading to adopting that agreement. obviously, it was seen, as we understand it by people in a number of regions of ukraine, as the effort of the people who found themselves in power in kiev, not to bring about a democratic society but to impose their political will on the rest of the country. what caused this is o of very bitter reaction in parts of the ukraine including crimea where they saw efforts to intimidate various political players. for example, this announcement that the so-called friendship ring will to send to crimea from region, there were people traveling from one region to another, youth groups and others, and that was obviously ,eant as a sign of intimidation exercising force and intimidation on various political factions in crimea. that is the way we saw it happening in kiev before. the international community needs to think about how to bring about this political process which was e
. if fighting starts between those in the ukraine near kiev who want to identify with the west and the crimean region and russian troops who want to stay with russia or return to the russian federation, what's the likelihood of that and what would then be the u.s. response? there has to be some response more than there will be costs. >> reporter: yeah. well, you know, that is the big question right now. look, it would be just disastrous of course for the people of ukraine, the people of crimea and for stability in that region of europe. can nato step in diplomatically? there is talk about the u.n. security council. but of course, russia can veto that. somebody, i think most people believe that the road to solving this goes, you know, right to what vladimir putin has in mind. it's been to some very large extent, his call. but for the russian military, there would also be a military cost to an extended, large, significant operation, as they would move through various areas of ukraine, they will find people who do not support them and we have seen in so many countries in recent years how rapidly
ukrainian government in kiev to broaden the government, and add more representation in ukraine where you have a heavy population, and can you explain how important it is and how the reception has been to that offer at this point? >> well, that is extremely important, because you are right, the eastern part of ukraine leans towards russia. this is a country that is fairly divided down the middle, and you can't say that one side is completely with the pro europe, and the eastern side is completely leaning towards russia, but it is a very stark contrast there and it is important for ukraine to move forward as a country and as a whole to have a dialogue between the two sides. remember that it is a government right now that is fairly young, and less than a week old, and usually they would be going about the business of the country, and the economy is doing horribly right now, and they need to kick start that, but they are dealing with the issue of russia, but they will need to have, have dialogue with those faction s ths that feel l they are being left out, and especially the pro russian prot
now tonight. what will the ukraine do about it? you've been in kiev all week. you've been with opposition leaders. are they able to fight back? >> ukraine is a very, very peaceful country and these people were really trying to put the whole thing together. they really reached out to russian speakers in ukraine and east of ukraine mostly clintojo these protests so there was no pretext for russia to do that. the whole thing is that they were trying to sell this story and by the way, i mentioned one has to remember that part of germany came in to protect and suffered because they had to leave the territory because there was ethnic cleansing. so russia using brutal force, they claim to be provoked but this claim is not valid. now, ukrainians, i think they were starting to bring in a new interim government. the whole thing was very going very peaceful. i met with all of the leaders. i had a long conversation. peaceful intentions to carry out democratic changes, open up ukraine over to europe. that's exactly what vladimir putin cannot forgive them. because if they go democratic
in ukraine. we are looking at kiev where it's quiet. elsewhere armed forces, believed to be russia, have taken control of key positions. >>> welcome back, i'm morgan radford in new york city. military helicopters were videoed bringing troops into the crim crimea region. russia says it is trying to protect ciman people, many who are loyal to moscow. president obama is deeply concerned about the situation. we have coverage of the crisis. phil ittner is live in moscow. we begin with jennifer glasse, where the show of force from russia is underway. >> jennifer is there any evidence of an increased russian presence? >> there is. we have reports overnight 80 miles east of here, not far from the russian border, 300 troops - their vehicles had russian licence plates on them, taking over a small marine base there. that is, again, 80 miles east of here. this is the crimen capital. this is the first evidence, photos that there are russian troops. behind me is the ukrainian parliament. armed men have taken over it. they are outside at the two airports here and in sevastapol. there are armed men, wea
tied to ukraine historically for half of forever. the seat of russian power originally was in kiev. and there's a long history there. crimea itself was transferred from russia to ukraine in the 50s by nikita krushchev in soviet times. the population there is extremely sympathetic to russia, as is eastern ukraine. what's happened here in general in ukraine is so complex, you have a democratically elected leader who also was extremely corrupt and is guilty of killing his own people, who's now fled to russia and who's saying he's still in power. and you have a leader of the russian republic who's trying to reassert power not only in ukraine and in the area around russia but globally as a way of recovering from what he sees as the geopolitical catastrophe of the collapse of the soviet union in 1991. all of these factors are in play. >> the just departed u.s. ambassador to russia told cnn's new day today that the situation is dire. do you agree with that? >> you're talking about michael mcfarland? i couldn't agree more. vladimir putin is playing with fire here. and i think to some exten
of violence in the ukraine. they have concerns about the ruling party, the government in kiev, saying that they are extremists, and nationalists. that is something that was echoed during a press conference in the southern city where the ousted ukrainian president viktor yanukovych had this to say about those who are now in power. >> i repeat it over again - i am a legitimately elected pratt of ukraine, and was elected at free and democratic elections, and i remain the legitimate president of ukraine. >> russia put out a press release from the foreign ministry saying they have mobilized some mobile units, but that is perfectly legitimate under the agreement between ukraine and treaties signed in the past, and the seaport, and should there be a crisis or threat to security that russia is able to mobilise its force to secure the peninsula and keep the naval base safe. >> speaking from the white house president obama said any russian military intervention would be a clear violation of international law. mike viqueira has more from washington. >> you could hear the escalating alarm in secr
. russia already has 150,000 troops involved in exercise along ukraine's border. that is about the size of ukraine's entire military. so you know, ukraine woul woulde outnumbered and outgunned. the question is how is kiev going to deal with this new development. it's a brand new government, 48 hours old. they are just getting themselves under way. the interior minister has been transmitting statements via facebook and his blog because the constitution institutions an place in kiev. this is a huge challenge for them. >> jennifer, thank you for being with us this afternoon. >>> the white house has warned russia against any military intervention. libby casey joins us now live from washington. libby, has there been any reaction from washington to this latest move. >> reporter: not today. that's interesting in and of itself. the white house has called lunch lid with the press. that means the white house has said, media that is around, go have lunch. take care of your personal life and do other things until 5:00 p.m. we don't expect to hear from president until 5:00 p.m. don't hold your breat
today, the gunmen had extended their hold on the main airport, and ukraine's largest airline said airspace over crimea was now closed. in kiev, the new interior minister called it an armed invasion, and the acting president warned against outside interference. >> ( translated ): according to established agreements, we demand from all countries guarantees to confirm in practice actions to respect the independence, sovereignty and borders of ukraine and to refrain from using force against ukraine's territorial integrity or political independence. >> reporter: he later said russia was following the same strategy it used in the run-up to war with georgia in 2008; and he urged russian president vladimir putin to cease what he called provocations. but large-scale russian military maneuvers continued just across the border on russian soil. and a russian naval vessel took position at the entrance to a harbor that leads to sevastopol and the russian black sea fleet >> reporter: in washington, secretary of state kerry spoke with russian foreign minister sergei lavrov by phone. kerry said la
agencies och -- have been watching in kiev and crimean peninsula and the entire ukraine. there is not nothing happening he did not know about that has the audacity to talk again the high percept -- hypothetical that no one has crossed the line no other nation has entered the sovereignty of the ukraine. it is bizarre. >> even two hours before the pentagon said of the record we don't think the russians will use military force. is not in their best interest. don't worry about a thing when in fact, putin had taken the measure with a successful olympics in those the ukraine is a bankrupt basket case and europe will not bail them out and united states will not, the imf will not unless there are major reforms with anti-corruption measures and austerity for the people. putin is in charge. if anybody doesn't like it they will turn off the gas to the ukraine they will be left in the dark and shivering and he is perfectly happy to do that. lou: forgive me to be cynical but this looks like a baked deal all the major decisions were made some time ago between the united states and rus
. he told all security personnel to declare allegiance to him rather than the authorities of kiev. following the reported deployment of additional russian troops and armored vehicles to c ri mea, the russian federations approved a request of president putin for russian forces to be used in ukraine and i quote, pending the normalization of the public and political situation in that country, end quote. at the same time, in this fluid situation, however, there are some encouraging signs. one of them is the reported announcement from kiev just now about the intention to broaden the government to include representatives from eastern ukraine. we are also noting that the cause for dialogue among all interested parties both inside and outside of ukraine appear to be resonating. referring to the secured council discussions yesterday about the fact-finding mission and his possible visit to crimea, he was in touch with the authorities of the autonomous republic of c ri mea. he came to the conclusion that a visit to crimea today was not possible for law jess stick cal reasons. -- for law gist
moved into ukraine's crimea region, ramping up tensions between moscow and the interim government in kiev. within minutes, a 126-point gain in the dow vanished. but nearly as quickly as those headlines spark add final hour selloff in the markets, stocks battled back surging higher until the closing bell, enough to see the s&p 500 and the russell 2000 close at fresh all-time highs. on this last trading day of february, the dow rose 9 points, s & p at 10. >>> susie, today's volatility notwithstanding, the just completed month of february was a doggone good one for wall street. a welcome turn around after the stumbling start of the year in january. the dow finished the month fully 4% higher, the s & p up 4.3%, and the nasdaq climbed 5%. dominic chu has more now on this fabulous february in the marques. >>> >> reporter: it wasn't looking good. after a banner year for stocks in 2013, january got off to anything but a rip roaring start. but february? that's another story. stocks came bursting back to life with the dow, s&p 500 and nasdaq all posting gains of around 5%. that means that i
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the country's economy going. in recent days an interim government in kiev asked the international monetary fund and other countries to help. many countries have investors who would be hit hard if ukraine goes under. even russia recognized the problem two weeks ago and pledged a $15 billion, but that was before viktor yanukovych was deposed. a russian intervention, or lingering tensions lead to go a debt default would cause havoc to trade, even here in the united states. for some contac contacts, in chy investors pulled their investments out of emerging markets and put them in bonds, gold and stable currency. in turn the u.s. stock market for a few weeks took a dive. instability in the ukraine could put us on that road again. because investors, including millions of americans who have 401ks, they do not like market volatility. when coupled with how it might hurt russia, that is a recipe for extreme volatility. we go to philip ittner in russ russia. russia has a lot invested in ukraine, what are russia's economic exposures? >> they are quite substantial. they are very close ties between ukra
courtney, also special assistant to president clinton to russia, ukraine and u eu asia. he, strategy of campaigning, lessons from ronald reagan and boris ellio yeltsin. what is russia trying to do? good russia is testing the new government in kiev. i don't think russia wants to invade but it is dispatching troops in crimea, president yanukovych flew back to his home base in donetske. later on wound up in russia. russia is in a defensive posture in some respects but are pushing the kiev government just as it good in the jann government in 2008. >> you're from the russian ukraine. what do you think the russians are doing? >> i think it's important to remember the domestic political situation both in ukraine and crimea. ukraine is one of the weakest moments in history, the country is essentially bankrupt. the ex-president has dubious legitimate legitimacy. there was a lot of reshuffling at the top of the command structure in the armed forces and just recently, yesterday, the new leader, the new prime minister of crimea was elected and that person is a representative or the leader of so-
, 4:00 pacific. two in one crimea, the ukraine where 2,000 russian troops moved in and what new government in kiev is calling an arms invasion. nbc news steve handelsman joins us now with more. good evening, steve. >> reporter: good evening. headline is definitely those russian troops, medium size force newly in ukraine. the question is, what is vladimir putin's plan? the day began with just a few russian troops seizing control of a pair of airports in crimea, southern ukraine, an area historically linked to russia with mostly russian speakers and a big russian naval place. then plane full of russian troops began flying in maybe 2,000 could be more said u.s. officials. russians earlier told secretary of state kerry they would not invade ukraine and said this troop movement was allowed in a treaty they previously had with ukraine but president obama came to the white house briefing room to urge putin to stop. >> any violation of ukraine's sovereigncy and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing which is not in tint of ukraine, russia or europe. it would represent a pro
, they feel they'll be persecuted because kiev has inserted a new government, they want to face east towards moscow and a lot of people in kiev want to face west and go for a more european union approach here in ukraine. so, there's a lot of tension and a lot of confusion quite frankly. >> well, what is the extent of the violence there? and i know that the details are very difficult to gather. but are you getting any word about casualties? >> there was one person that basically died of a heart attack on wednesday before the armed gunmen seized the regional parliament here because the crowds were swelling. this have been a lot of injuries. but so far, knock on wood, there has been very little violence. it's been sort of a bloodless coup if you will, which is on the plus side, that's a good thing. unfortunately with thousands and thousands of russian troops on the ready and also on the ukrainian side on the ready, that could quickly turn in the wrong direction. but unfortunately one of the things that's really bothering people is that the russian president asked parliament earlier today to giv
in crimea but anywhere in ukraine and most of all perhaps it puts more pressure on kiev to come to the negotiating table on putin's terms. there's certainly no sign of that yet, in fact, just the contrary. >> jim, what if anything have the russians been saying, russian legislators, specifically? what have they been saying about what president obama said yesterday in that friday afternoon news conference? >> reporter: well, there's certainly been a lot of anger from the lawmakers, russian lawmakers in the russian parliament. today, many calling president obama's warning last night of consequences and costs against russia an insult, even saying that it crossed a red line and it led lawmakers to recall today the russian ambassador in washington. and it's clear that the already cool relations, perhaps cold war-like, between russia and the u.s. over issues like syria and iran and edward snowden and missile defense, certainly got a lot worse now over ukraine. back to you. >> nbc's jim maceda for us in moscow, thank you. there has been some activity today at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. n
. and a state department is warning u.s. citizens to avoid nonessential travel to ukraine, especially crimea. clarissa ward has more from kiev. >> reporter: good morning. the situation on the ground in crimea does appear to be escalating rapidly. the newly elected pro-russian lead over that region has said he's now in sole control of the police and military and he's called on president putin to try and stabilize the situation. meanwhile here in kiev theukraine ukrainian defense minister says they're on high alert. he said russian troops are on the ground and blocking roads and military bases. yesterday we saw those masked gunmen in military fatigues as they enter and took over two of crimea's main airports. today they added a third airport and the day before yesterday, of course, they had taken over the region's parliament. those men were wearing uniforms but they did not have insignias. though today they did tell some journalists on the scene that they are, in fact russian marines. and the russian parliament has now voted for president putin to try to help stainlessize th
situation. >> we'll check back with you, jessica. thanks very much. >>> let's get some con test tex ukraine. population of 45 million with around 3 million in the capital city kiev where all the protests all started a few months ago. ethnic ukranians make up around 78% of the population while russians are about 17%. ukraine became independent in 1991 after the former soviet upcollapsed. that is also when crimea became part of you ukraine. yalt amount, a port city, is also where president franklin d. roosevelt met with winston churchill and joseph stalin to sort out how european nations would change after world war ii. >>> when you ukraine was under the leadership of moscow, things didn't go very well. the two nations have a history of war before ukraine was actually taken over by the soviets. in the early 1930s, ukraine was under the rule of joseph stalin, stalin forcibly took control of all ukraine yap farms, their land and crops included, leaves them with no food, or means to grow it.yap farms, their land and crops included, leaves them with no food, or means to grow it. an estimated 8 mi
not only in crimea, but also as you heard phil ittner say on the territory of ukraine. the country is eas earn eastern. you have 40% of the population is ethnic russian. then you also have the black feet with forces with that. it's a complicated situation for the new government of kiev. only 48 hours old, facing a lot of challenges. and now this military challenge on top of it. and certainly must be a very, very worrying development. >> all right, jennifer glass joining us. thank you so much. >>> and anyoning me now villa skyp--andjoining me now the newy appointed interior minister appointed in ukraine. what are you concerned about right now? >> yes, what is happening now from the ukraine. you see ukraine is not quite ready for military abrasion from the russian. nobody thinks this would be happening because everybody is saying that russia is our friend. russia is family, etc. but what is happening now when putin asking to be parliament of russia to make this, and they say yes. going into crimea with th, ukrae is not a nuclear country. it was in 1994 when this umbrellas witagreement was s
called russian unity. he does say that he does believe--that crimea should remain part of ukraine. but you have russian flags that are flying over government buildings. on the other side we heard government in kiev saying that they did not recognize the new authorities in town here. so certainly not very good relations. now the only person who came from kiev, one of the two candidates for the role of prime minister in kiev. well, he cave here yesterday, and he said he had a very clear message that it was unacceptable to have a russian troops here, and that he was bringing that message to the people, to the government here. well, after that he was heckled on his way out back to the airport. so certainly one would say that there are non-existent relationship between the two. >> thank you. joining us from crimea. here on the al jazeera news hour there is much more ahead, including thousands of supporters of the prime minister rally as anti-government prote protests are scaled back in bangkok. >>> we walked barricades with venezuela anti-government protesters who say they have no int
their rightful president. viktor yanukovych, who fled the capital city of kiev, as protesters took over there, he finally appeared in russia, at a raucous press conference and declared, i am ready to fight for the future of ukraine. but tonight, all eyes are on one man -- putin and what he'll do next. terry moran, abc news, moscow. >>> and i want to bring in abc chief white house correspondent jonathan karl, so jon, tell us where we stand at this moment, does the white house believe that russia has invaded ukraine and does that require a military response? >> well, look, the white house is not saying that, the president referred to reports of an invasion, but make no mistake, diane, you wouldn't have seen the president of the united states come out on national television and make a statement like that if he had any reason to doubt that the russian military is behind what we are seeing in ukraine. but there's no discussion of u.s. military involvement. >> but the president talked about response and costs. so, what will happen next? >> they're deeply concerned about this, the president said very cl
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